Four candidates file on last day

By Amanda Moss

February 28, 2014

By Amanda Moss

Candidates’ filing deadline for the 2014 elections was noon Friday and two more Richmond County residents decided to run for public office.

Democrat Peggy Roach filed for candidacy on Friday for the position of Clerk of Superior Court in Richmond County. The seat is a four-year term.

Roach, 64, is a resident of Rockingham and has many years of experience working as a clerk. Before her retirement in March 2011, Roach had invested 34 years as a clerk in Richmond County and worked under three previous clerks of Superior Court. For 20 of those years she served as the assistant clerk.

“My ultimate goal is to ensure that anyone needing assistance in the clerk’s office, either in person or by phone, is treated with dignity and respect,” Roach said. “I have a working knowledge of all the departments in the clerk’s office, and I feel that with my experience and personality, I can make those positive changes in the office.”

Roach will be going up against Democrat Vickie Daniel. Daniel was appointed to the position Jan. 2, 2013, by Judge Tanya Wallace after Kathy Gainey retired.

There will be a primary election for the position of Clerk of Superior Court. The voter registration deadline for the primary is April 11 and voters cannot register for the primary election after this date. One-stop voting begins April 24 and at 1 p.m. May 3. The primary election will be May 6.

Libertarian P.H. Dawkins, 74, also threw his hat into the race for state senate District 25, which includes Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly counties and a portion of Rowan County. The seat is a two-year term and the salary is $20,700 per year.

“I’m just a poor old country boy hoping to bring some sanity to the state,” Dawkins said. “If I’m elected to the Senate, I will be there to help the state, not to rob the public for the benefit of only a handful of districts. Those we have elected run it for the benefit of themselves, and I want to help run the state for the benefit of everyone in the state. The wealth of a nation and a state depends on what it produces, and there is very little production in North Carolina. I hope to change that.”

Dawkins will be going up against Democrat incumbent Gene McLaurin and Republican challenger Tom McInnis.

Democrat incumbent Reece Saunders, 61, filed for reelection for District Attorney for Anson and Richmond County. The seat is a four-year term and the salary is $120,700. Democrat incumbent Scott Brewer, 55, also filed for reelection for District Court Judge for Richmond County. The seat is a four-year term and the salary is $110,700. Both are running unopposed.

The voter registration deadline for the general election is Oct. 10. You cannot register for the general election after this date. One-stop voting begins Oct. 23 and ends at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1. The general election day is Nov. 4.

Candidates by contest:

Richmond County Board of Commissioners

*Thad Ussery, Rockingham, Democrat; *Don Bryant, Hoffman, Democrat; *Ben Moss, Hamlet, Republican; Peggy Covington, Rockingham, Democrat; Herbert Long, Rockingham, Democrat; and Donnie Richardson, Ellerbe, Republican.

Richmond County Board of Education

*Irene Aiken, Rockingham; *Pamela Easterling, Rockingham; *Joe Richardson, Rockingham; T.K. Thrower, Rockingham; Bobbie Sue Ormsby, Rockingham; Don Greene, Rockingham; and Dewey Brower, Hamlet.

Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court

*Vickie Daniel, Rockingham, Democrat; and Peggy Roach, Rockingham, Democrat.

Richmond County Sheriff

*James Clemmons Jr., Rockingham, Democrat; and Bo Frye, Hamlet, Republican.

Richmond County District Attorney

*Reece Saunders, Rockingham, Democrat.

N.C. District 20 Court Judge

*Scott Brewer, Rockingham.

N.C. House of Representatives District 48

*Garland Pierce, Wagram, Democrat.

N.C. House of Representatives District 66

*Ken Goodman, Rockingham, Democrat.

N.C. State Senate District 25

*Gene McLaurin, Rockingham, Democrat; Tom McInnis, Ellerbe, Republican; and P.H. Dawkins, Hamlet, Libertarian.

* = Incumbent

U.S. House of Representatives 8th District

*Richard Hudson, Concord, Republican; Antonio Blue, Democrat, Hamlet.

U.S. Senate

*Kay Hagan, Greensboro, Democrat; Thom Tillis, Cornelius, Republican; Jim Snyder, Lexington, Republican; Edward Kryn, Clayton, Republican; Mark Harris, Charlotte, Republican; Heather Grant, Wilkesboro, Republican; Alex Lee Bradshaw, Icard, Republican; Greg Brannon, Cary, Republican; Ted Alexander, Shelby, Republican; Will Stewart, Hampstead, Democrat; Ernest T. Reeves, Greenville, Democrat; Sean Haugh, Durham, Libertarian; Tim D’Annunzio, Raeford, Libertarian.